On Friday, October 15 at ONEOK Field, Tulsa Opera takes its second at-bat with the delightful duplicity of Gianni Schicchi, Puccini’s brief, beloved comedy, paired with Puccini and Verdi’s most thrilling arias, in a production titled Puccini & Verdi Play Ball.
Meet two of the opera stars bringing this special production to life:
Andrew Potter as Simone
Bass Andrew Potter has garnered increasing demand across the country for his larger-than-life stage presence and voice to match. Of his recent performance in L’elisir d’amore, Opera Today hailed, “With his huge, all‐encompassing bass voice and precise comic timing he nearly stole the show.”
This past season, Potter has been one of the lucky ones to be able to continue to perform. In addition to a series of virtual concerts, he joined Opera Santa Barbara as the title role in Don Pasquale, Pacific Opera Project as Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, Southern Illinois Festival for Covid fan Tutte, and Lakes Area Music Festival as Father Trulove in The Rake’s Progress.
In this clip, Potter sings “The Railroad Boys Have Arrived” from Tobias Picker’s Emmeline as part of Tulsa Opera’s Staying Alive series. Potter will be performing as Pastor Avery in Tulsa Opera’s upcoming 2022 production of Emmeline.
See Potter in person when he stars as Simone in Gianni Schicchi in just a few short weeks!
Emily Pulley as Zita
Emily Pulley has spent over a quarter of a century appearing with opera companies and orchestras across the country and around the world, including nearly 200 performances with the Metropolitan Opera. Her roles have ranged from Marguerite in Faust, to Gerhilde in Die Walküre, to Valencienne in The Merry Widow.
Long established in the classical soprano repertoire and also having collaborated in numerous world premieres of contemporary works, Pulley is currently enjoying a successful exploration of mezzo soprano and musical theatre roles, recently as Desirée in A Little Night Music.con
This October, Pulley will take the field as Zita in Gianni Schicchi as part of Puccini & Verdi Play Ball.
Experience Opera As You Never Have Before
Don’t miss your chance to hear these two amazing singers—along with Julius Ahn, Jonathan Johnson, Rachael Blaustein and others—live on Friday, October 15 at ONEOK Field! Tickets start at just $15.